The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has reiterated that the time has come for Nigeria to do the needful by restructuring the system so as to guarantee security for its people, insisting that only restructuring can save the country and secure the citizenry against the backdrop of growing insecurity in the country. The governor made this known while presenting 33 operational vehicles and 396 motorcycles to the Oyo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Operation Amotekun.
Makinde maintained that if restructured, every corner of Nigeria would be impacted positively, stating that no matter who is president in Abuja, the system would run effectively in a way that will be beneficial to all and sundry.
Expressing his satisfaction with the establishment of the Amotekun Corps, Makinde noted that the corps will play a major role in filling the lacuna in the security system. He, however, maintained that despite the community policing initiative currently ongoing in the country, the states should still push for state police. He promised that Oyo State will make the welfare of the Amotekun Corps a top priority, saying: “You are a generation establishing structures for safety and security of the next generation. You are pioneers to ensure that we have a safe and secure environment so that we can expand our economy. And we will treat your welfare as top priority.”
Makinde, who maintained that the need to restructure the country has become more imperative in the face of daunting security challenges, said only time will tell on which one is more desirable for Nigeria between a restructured Nigeria and a Yoruba presidency.
“I have heard some of our political leaders jostling around and saying they want to become the president of Nigeria in 2023. I think what we need at this stage is to secure our people and restructure Nigeria. It does not matter who is the president in Abuja. In a restructured Nigeria, every corner of the country will feel the impact of the government. That is what we need,” he said.
“May God protect those running around for the presidency till 2022. By that time, we will meet and, by then, we will get to know whether it is restructured Nigeria or Yoruba presidency that we really need.”